Mon, Nov 08, 2004 - Page 11 News List

Pioneer's move to China will have major impact

TECHNOLOGICAL SHIFT A search for financing led computer designer Steve Chen to China, a step that could provide a huge boost to Beijing's push to build supercomputers



Chen was an eager convert to American ways after he moved to the US from Taiwan -- even bringing members of his extended family to Eau Claire, Wisonsin, where he established a stylish Chinese restaurant.

Chen said he still viewed himself primarily as a scientist dedicated to contributing to supercomputer design in ways that would benefit not just China but the US and the rest of the world, too. He said he intended to pursue that goal with whoever offered him the greatest help.

That reflects long-held views, which he expressed in an interview with The New York Times in the early 1990s.

"I come from a very humble family, and Confucian teachings are in my background," he said then. "When I came to the United States and I observed this disciplined, businesslike, practical manner, I found a marriage of the two cultures. I also saw the bad points of each."

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